Razing statues: PM Modi speaks to Rajnath, MHA issues advisory
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, expressed his dismay after two statues of Russian Communist icon Vladimir Lenin were razed in Tripura and Tamil Nadu.
PM spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who has ordered states to take strong action to check such incidents.
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued advisory to states to prevent incidents of vandalism. MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.
"Incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. Union Ministry of Home Affairs has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism," an official statement said.
It also added, ""Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law."
It is to be recalled that an 11.5-feet fibre statue of Lenin was brought down with a bulldozer by the Bharatiya Janata Party activists in Belonia on Monday last and another case of vandalism was reported in Kolkata on Wednesday after BJP icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee's bust was found damaged. The police has detained six people in connection with the incident.
The chain of vandalism started after statues of Lenin were demolished in Tripura on Monday evening, allegedly by BJP activists.
Responding to the outrage over the Lenin statues being razed, BJP leader H Raja declared that Periyar statues in Tamil Nadu could be next.